WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The White House and the entrance to the Naval Observatory were lit pink Thursday to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the millions of families who are impacted by the disease.

First lady Michelle Obama tweeted out a picture Thursday night of the White House illuminating a pink hue.

In a blog post, Senior White House Adviser Valerie Jarrett said “whether affected by the disease directly, or anxious about the future health of our families, or reminded of loved ones we have lost every time we set the table for dinner, or celebrate the holidays –- the fight against breast cancer is relevant to everyone, and we each can play an important role in tackling this challenge.”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer.org reports that more than 230,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. They also say that although breast cancer deaths have been declining, the chance of dying from breast cancer is still about 1 in 36.

These alarming statistics show why it’s important  to seek regular check-ups and cancer screenings.

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